Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives, RUSET 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

Research Article

Use of Virtual Communities as Social Support For Families With Children With Autism

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2317177,
        author={Herna  Herna and Sarwititi  Sarwoprasodjo and Aida Vitayala Hubeis and Herien  Puspitawati},
        title={Use of Virtual Communities as Social Support For Families With Children With Autism},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives, RUSET 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={RUSET},
        year={2022},
        month={4},
        keywords={autism social support uses and gratifications theory virtual community},
        doi={10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2317177}
    }
    
  • Herna Herna
    Sarwititi Sarwoprasodjo
    Aida Vitayala Hubeis
    Herien Puspitawati
    Year: 2022
    Use of Virtual Communities as Social Support For Families With Children With Autism
    RUSET
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2317177
Herna Herna1,*, Sarwititi Sarwoprasodjo2, Aida Vitayala Hubeis2, Herien Puspitawati2
  • 1: Sekolah Pascasarjana, Institut Pertanian Bogor
  • 2: Faculty of Human Ecology, Institut Pertanian Bogor
*Contact email: hernamasya@gmail.com

Abstract

The prevalence of Autism Syndrom Disorder (ASD) or autism continues to increase in the world and Indonesia. Social problems that arise are high levels of parental stress due to negative child behavior and environmental stigmatization. The implication of technological developments is the emergence of various virtual communities on social media for various purposes including health communication. The study aims to analyze the use of virtual communities of parents based on member characteristics by applying the Uses and Gratification theory. The study identified differences in communication in the use of virtual communities from mothers who had children with high severity and high-income levels, mothers who had low-severity children with high-income levels, mothers who had children with high severity and low-income levels, and fathers who had children with high severity and high incomes.